Before you head out into the great beyond this summer, take a look at these practical safety tips. From staying hydrated to not totally disappearing off the grid, we have some helpful tips to keep in mind.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t WAIT for that first camping trip of the year! After digging out our camper after a long, cold winter, we de-winterize the rig and set our sites on our first weekend away.
As the months tick by, summer sets in. With it, the heat, the critters (and bugs), the extreme storms that can appear seemingly out of nowhere. Without a doubt, summer is the most popular time of year to head out on a camping trip. Check out the summer camping safety tips below for what to keep in mind as you pack and then enjoy your adventure!
Summer Camping Safety Tips
Sunscreen is a Must – When you go camping, you are likely to be in the sun more than your body is used to. This makes sunscreen a requirement to keep yourself and your family from being severely sunburned. This will be especially important if you will be doing any swimming or if your campsite does not have adequate shade.
Do Not Leave Food Out – Whether you are camping in the middle of the woods or you are in a more “civilized” RV park, the possibility of wild animals is always there. Food that has been left out is a magnet to animals who are hungry and may be scavenging for food. You will also want to take care that any foods that have strong smells are kept in a smell proof container such as a cooler.
Always Have Clean Water – Always make sure you have a clean water source when you are camping. Without water you can only survive three days. If you are in an established campground, this will be less of a problem but if you are rural camping, you will need to think about carrying water and water purifiers with you. For this purpose, a Camelbak or a 7-gallon water container is your best option.
Always Let Someone Know Where You Will Be – The world is an unsafe place and it is not always the animal and natural types of dangers you should be concerned about. For this reason and of course the animal and weather related dangers, you should always let at least two people whom you are in daily contact with know where you are. This way, if something happens and you suddenly fall out of contact, help knows where to reach you.
Know How to Pitch Your Tent Before You Go – The last thing anyone wants is to get to their campsite only to find that you have a tent you do not know how to set up. If that happens, you could be in danger from wild animals or unpredictable weather. Before you leave for your camping trip, take the time to set your tent up in your backyard. You will be glad you did.
Know Your Area – Before you attempt to camp in a new area, it is always best to do some research on the area. This can help keep you from getting lost. It is one thing to get lost on the interstate. It is an entirely different thing to get lost in the woods.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings – Even if the area you are camping in seems calm, there are always dangers nearby. If you allow yourself to get too comfortable, you can easily forget where you are. This makes you at risk for those dangers. Instead, stay aware of where you are and what surrounds you. Your safety could depend on it.
Always Monitor Your Campfire – Wildfires are often started by an unattended campfire or by coals that were left by someone who thought they were out. Before you leave your camp temporarily or permanently, always make sure your fire is one-hundred percent extinguished.
We hope that these tips are helpful as you plan your summer camping trips!
What are YOUR best safety tips for summer camping? Drop us a comment below and tell us!